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21 at the Beverly Hilton, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. our editor recommends Fyvush Finkel, Beloved Character Actor, Looks Back on a Career That Defied the Odds (Video) Jordan, a 26-year-old American actor, has been widely cheered for his portrayal of a real person who was unjustly killed by police in the powerful drama Fruitvale Station, which The Weinstein Co. released July 12. Previously, he was best known for his roles on the popular television series The Wire, Friday Night Lights and Parenthood. FEINBERG FORECAST: Updated Projections (With 21 Weeks Until the 86th Oscars) Nelisse, a 13-year-old Canadian actress, is said to be terrific as a plucky young German girl who is sent to live with a new family during World World II in The Book Thief, which 20th Century Fox will release Nov. 15. She was previously best known for her co-starring role inMonsieurLazhar,Canada’s best foreign language film Oscar nominee of two years ago. And Oyelowo, a 37-year-old British actor, earned rave reviews for his role as the rebellious oldest son of a White House employee in The Butler, which The Weinstein Co. released Aug. 5. He was previously best known for his work in the British theater (he was the first black actor to play an English monarch in a Royal Shakespeare Company production) and TV (he starred on BBC1’s acclaimed series Spooks), as well as his appearances inThe Last King of Scotland (2006), The Help (2011), Middle of Nowhere (2012), Lincoln (2012) and The Paperboy (2012).

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“I want to keep giving Latinos the chance to work both in front of and behind the cameras, and to create content through my network,” the 45-year-old movie maker told Efe. “These newcomers should be able show what they can do without depending on Hollywood, where it’s really hard to get started,” he said. The writer of films like “El Mariachi,” “Desperado,” the kiddie saga “Spy Kids” and “Sin City” – whose sequel will debut next summer – premieres this Saturday the sequel of “Machete,” which was such a success that it took its own creator by surprise. While for the original film Rodriguez worked with such headliners as Robert De Niro, Jessica Alba, Steven Seagal and Lindsay Lohan, this time he’s going all out by adding to the cast Lady Gaga, Mel Gibson, Sofia Vergara, Demian Bichir, Charlie Sheen, Antonio Banderas and more. “The idea of a Latino action superhero in a ‘Mexploitation’ film – with a low budget and elements of exploitation film and Mexican culture – was overwhelming. I thought it would go directly to a DVD but it unexpectedly took off,” he said. Danny Trejo, 69, repeats his role as Hollywood’s first Latino superhero, a one-time federal agent recruited by the president of the United States to nab a revolutionary and an arms dealer who have joined forces to plunge the world into chaos. “I didn’t have a lot of time, but the screenplay was such fun I wanted to make it mine before shooting ‘Sin City 2.’ I did it really fast, in 29 days. I wanted to have a good time with the actors,” the filmmaker said, who doesn’t hesitate to combine wild humor and violence whatever the critics might say. Follow us on

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“They usually have a socially conscious message and the ‘warm and fuzzies’ that voters like to feel after the movie.” As for feeling smarter? Not so much. The industry hasn’t exactly aced its history lessons of late. Last year’s dominant Oscar contenders, Argo, Lincoln and Zero Dark Thirty, all centered on true stories and all were hammered for their veracity (though Argo marched unimpeded to a best-picture win). Tom Hanks, who plays the real Capt. Richard Phillips, understands the lure of fact-based stories and the pitfalls of telling them. “These stories answer what humans can do in certain situations,” he says. “But it still has to fit within a cohesive story, which may mean deciding what part you want to get right.” What’s right is another matter, even in non-fiction films. Several members of the Maersk Alabama, the hijacked vessel, are suing the shipping company, alleging Phillips ignored radio warnings of potential piracy. In a court deposition, Phillips countered that the ship would be attacked regardless of any warnings. The case is scheduled for trial in December.

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Life experience only helps us as actors. I need new experiences to draw upon.” Also on HuffPost: Loading Slideshow Tom Cruise films a scene at the ‘Oblivion’ movie set at the Empire State Building on June 13, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images) Blake Lively rehearses a scene at the ‘Gossip Girl’ movie set in Midtown Manhattan on July 17, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images) Kristen Wiig and Ben Stiller rehearse a scene at ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’ movie set in Midtown Manhattan on May 30, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images) Actor Russell Crowe rehearses a scene at the ‘Winter’s Tale’ film set in the Meatpacking District on December 12, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images) Director Martin Scorsese and actor Leonardo DiCaprio on the set of the film The Wolf of Wall Street on the streets of Manhattan on September 28, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage) Dane Dehaan and Daniel Radcliffe are sighted on the set of Kill Your Darlings on March 20, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Arnaldo Magnani/Getty Images) Debra Messing films a scene at the ‘Smash’ movie set in Midtown Manhattan on September 12, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images) Michael Douglas and actress Mary Steenburgen are seen on the set of the movie ‘Las Vegas on October 22, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Marcel Thomas/FilmMagic) Imogen Poots films a scene at the ‘Are We Officially Dating?’ movie set in Soho on December 20, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images) Liam Neeson on set of ‘A Walk Among The Tombstones’ on March 13, 2013 in the Brooklyn burough of New York City.

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Were the complainers there before the sign? Probably not. “Take down the sign and I bet their property values would drop. I was born in Hollywood and love the landmark.” Victoria Carlson of Burbank sympathizes with the locals: “I walk dogs in the Beachwood Canyon area. Every day I witness gaggles of tourists who double park or park in red zones and then make the mad dash into the middle of Beachwood Canyon to pose for photographs featuring our iconic Hollywood sign in the background. “Seems a lot of these tourists have little regard for their own safety. It’s all about getting that award-winning shot, after all. “I spend a lot of time in the Beachwood area, so I know how to navigate those twisted, narrow canyon roads. I’m always mindful of other vehicles as well as urban wildlife. (In recent weeks, I’ve had several deer run across the road right in front of me.) “Something definitely needs to be done to protect the safety of tourists and locals alike, as well as preserve our historic hilltop neighborhoods and the parkland surrounding them. There has to be a happy medium somewhere.” Santa Monica resident Bruce R. Feldman has a modest proposal: “To help the beleaguered Beachwood Canyon residents, let us in Santa Monica move their historic sign to our beautiful, tourist-friendly community by the sea. “For many years now, our city officials have encouraged businesses, developers, workers and tourists to overrun our city.